Top 3 House Democrats Fine With Crowley Staying on as No. 4

"A Democrat who takes corporate money, profits off foreclosure, doesn't live here, doesn't send his kids to our schools, doesn't drink our water or breathe our air can not possibly represent us", Ocasio-Cortez says as the video shows her riding the subway, speaking at a local event, and walking through the district.

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley on June 26, 2018 in New York's 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens. Her policies included abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), medicare for all, free university education, criminal justice reform, and a federal jobs guarantee.

"I think what's going on is that working class Americans are looking for a fierce and unapologetic champion" she said.

Crowley had been considered a potential successor to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi. Much credit also goes to Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, who recruited Ocasio-Cortez and believed in her long before anyone else thought she had a chance. And, in addition to being the youngerst female elected to Congress, she would be "the first member of Congress to talk like Cardi B", Noah noted.

Crowley, who relishes identifying himself as "a guy from Queens" outspent Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx native, 18-1.

Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist who served as a spokesman for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, said candidates like Ocasio-Cortez drew a helpful contrast with President Donald Trump and his administration.

Cynthia Nixon, the "Sex and the City" actress who failed to secure the Democratic Party's support for her campaign for governor of New York State last month, said "the progressive revolution has begun".

"We met a machine with a movement", the progressive Ocasio-Cortez told NY1 after defeating Crowley. Of course, he won in that district many times before, but in a year when Democratic voters are paying more and more attention to issues of identity, I think that was something that cut against him particularly strongly this year. "You have given this country hope, you have given this country proof that when you knock on your neighbor's door, when you come to them with love, when you let them know that no matter your stance, you are there for them - that we can make change".

"The fact that in a very progressive district in NY it went more progressive than ... well, Joe Crowley is a progressive, but she's more left than Joe Crowley, is about that district". Sanders endorsed her, but didn't campaign for her.

"We're a district that covers the Bronx and Queens and Rikers Island", she told U.S. news outlet Mic during her campaign.

She has repeatedly rejected the supposed divide between economic concerns and "identity politics", a frequently invoked diagnostic tool for Democratic races, as a false dichotomy. She will face Republican Anthony Pappas. She recalls walking through the George Sherman Union with Ocasio-Cortez and joking with her about "when you're president one day".

"I salute Chairman Crowley for a formidable legacy of achievement for the people of New York", Pelosi concluded.

"I always felt like we had a shot and that we had a possibility to win".


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